Personnel Detail

Joseph Tront
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Electrical & Computer Engineering (MC0111)
359 Durham Hall
1145 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States


engineering education, computer and network security, embedded computing


Tront joined Virginia Tech in 1978 as an assistant professor, received tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor in 1984, and became a full professor in 1996. He has a distinguished record of practicing and providing leadership for innovative teaching using technology. He was a contributor to the creation of the bachelor of science degree program in computer engineering. This program is the nation’s largest undergraduate computer engineering program in degrees awarded, according to the most recent data from the American Society of Engineering Education.

When Tront served as the College of Engineering’s assistant dean for engineering computing, he evolved the college’s personal computer initiative from a hardware focus to an emphasis on software application that impacted teaching and learning. He held a leadership role in the Southeastern University and College Coalition for Engineering Education (SUCCEED). He was the leader in SUCCEED for technology-based education, served on its guidance team, and led the technology-based curriculum delivery thrust area.

Tront’s contributions in engineering education and education innovation have been recognized internally and externally. He received the university-level XCaliber Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology, and a college certificate of teaching excellence from the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence. Nationally, he received a Laureate Award in the Computerworld Honors Program for his contributions to the Tablet PC-based Learning Environment and a National Science Foundation award as a Successful Innovator in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education.

Tront received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.